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Are you looking for a way to keep a record of your grand tableau? Want to leave your reading out for further viewing but put your charms and cards away? Here’s a printable sheet that allows for that.  Simply print and add charm titles and keywords from your reading directly onto the following grand tableau template.  Keeping a record of your divination is a great way to track the accuracy of your reading while building a strong relationship with your system.

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Magpie Oracle House Template

Working with the houses?  Print the following house template and assign or cast your charms over each house.  Like the first sheet, log your information directly onto the page to record and review the progress of your reading.

An easy way to warm up to the house system is to think of your charms as house-guests who, through conversation are influenced by the house they visit.  Let’s take the example of the visiting charm which is known as the Ring; this charm is involved with engagements, agreements, contracts, and often viewed as something round, or things that go in circles. When this charm lands in the house of the Ship, it may point to a future overseas engagement, or perhaps a round-trip. The Ship charm is associated with travel, overseas business and transitions.

Here are a few more options for enhancing your reading skills:  Practice charm and card combining with my Lenormand activity sheets.  Magpie Oracle Keywords can be found here.  Need a deck?  Here’s a free Lenormand deck that you can print and use immediately.

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Houses Magpie Oracle

 

Like many practical, self-employed mystics my goals don’t see the light of day unless body, mind, heart and spirit are on board.  For a goal to be fully realized, all of the elements have to be in the mix and to enlist each aspect I follow a simple formula that incorporates the four ruling elements housed in a deck of cards:

 

♠ SPADES ♠   MIND/KNOW IT:  I first have to be clear in my mind to know and understand my goal.  

  • A clear and balanced mind keeps confusion at bay and makes room for new ideas. When my mind carries no doubt and isn’t spinning, I have the know-how to implement a doable plan.

 

♥ HEARTS ♥   HEART/FEEL IT:  Feeling the purpose behind my goal generates passion for it. To see it through, I have to be happy with it and love it.

  • A balanced mind with a clear plan creates pleasure in my heart and connects me with the passion piece of my project.  Unobstructed passion always pairs me with divine play– an activity that makes me feel at home with the spirit of my goal.

 

♣ CLUBS ♣   SPIRIT/ACTIVATE IT:  I have to connect and get clear with the spirit behind my goal.

  • My spirit is best activated when my mind is clear and my heart is in its passion. From this place I can tap into the spirit of the matter and at this point I always ask it, Why?  I want to know why my project wants to manifest in the physical.  If the answer is money or ego driven, I let it go.  Count me in if it’s based in art, creativity and community.

 

♦ DIAMONDS ♦   BODY/PRODUCE IT:  Syncing mind, heart and spirit gives my body the energy to physically produce and accomplish my goals.

  • I can embody and therefore produce or give life to my goal whenever I fully activate, feel, know, and connect with its design.  With all four aspects on board, my goals are given a strong opportunity to become realized.

 

Try it for yourself.

 

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Ruling-Life

Here’s how it works.

  • Print one casting sheet per goal. Having too many goals on one sheet muddles the formula.  In the center of the sheet, claim your goal by writing it out as a single word or short sentence.  I sometimes use magazine clippings or small tchotchkes to represent my goal.  Keep it central and simple.

 

  • Take your Magpie Oracle, Lenormand, tarot, or whatever divination tool meets your fancy and cast or randomly select and assign them to your sheet.  For this divination I prefer to randomly assign nine Magpie Oracle charms to each of the four positions on this sheet.  Go with whatever feels right to you.  The four positions can be approached in any order and often change depending on the goal.  Again, go with what you intuitively feel led to do.

 

Following is a formula that works best for me.  I must first and foremost clear my mind from restricting thoughts (the I can’ts) in order to feel any sense of passion for my projects.  Once mind and heart are together, I have liftoff, an alignment takes place and my spirit is activated.  Having mind, heart and spirit in sync allows me to physically produce whatever it is I’ve set out to do.

Here are four questions to get you started, though I encourage you to customize each question to fit your goals.

♠ SPADES ♠    Know It = Mind:   What can I clear from my mind in order to know and understand my goal/project?

♥ HEARTS ♥    Feel It = Heart:    What is the passion piece that wants to be revealed from my goal/project?

♣ CLUBS ♣    Activate It = Spirit:     What is the driving spirit behind my goal/project?

♦ DIAMONDS ♦    Produce It = Body:    What can I do to physically produce my goal/project in the world?

Magpie Oracle keywords can be found here.

In an effort to find a casting element for the New year, I came across the teachings of spiritual Master, Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov, who suggests we pay close attention to what happens during the first 12 days of January.  According to Aivanhov, each day can be paired with each month of the year and so reveal an annual forecast.  That is,  January 1st represents the first month of the year, while January 2nd represents the month of February, and the 3rd nods to March, etc. I fell in love with this idea as it lends itself beautifully to a casting sheet.

This New Year’s eve,  which also happens to be the new moon, I plan to set my intention for 2014 by assigning three Magpie Oracle charms to the first 12 days of January (Lenormand and tarot cards work too).  I hope you’ll join me in divining a promising New Year.

Here’s how it works:

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2014 Casting Sheet (12 Month)

Included is a printable casting sheet featuring the next 12 months.  Cast all of your charms directly over the sheet and take note of where they land. More than one charm landing in a month points to extra energy, while none suggest taking some quiet time.

You can also randomly select and assign three charms for each month and place them in a row of three; left, center and right.  The central charm will act as the month’s main focus, while the remaining two describe how you can act on your focus. By the time you reach December you will have utilized 36 charms.  This is a grand reading so give yourself plenty of time to divine before, during and especially after your reading.

Keeping an annual divination alive can be a challenge and this is why I recommend printing two casting sheets on sturdy card stock.  This will allow you to keep the main sheet out, preferably in a place where you will see it for the year.  My hunch is that over time a theme for the New Year will reveal itself.  That theme would be easy to miss if placed in a drawer.

Use the second sheet to cut out each individual month and assign them a place in your home. I’m going to be hanging mine on a beaded line over my altar.  Having something like this always prompts participation, plus the 12 pieces will make for a nice set of ornaments or beautiful year end review.

I purchased a set of metallic writing pens to add to the festive New Year theme and recommend you use something that’s easy to print on black paper.  No doubt what the glitter lovers will be using.  Add your findings to your sheets and decorate away.  The more cretive drive you put into your divination the better the outcome.

For those who would like to cast the entire month– a January casting calendar follows.  Keywords for the Magpie Oracle can be found here.  Don’t have a deck?  I made one that you can download for free here.

Wishing you a fabulous New Year and sending a thousand thanks for your ongoing support with the Magpie Oracle and Lenormand Revolution. Because of you, we had an amazing year.  May your future follow your wishes!

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Jan Casting Calendar

 

Coms of the Season

Many thanks go out to you for making this a great year for the Magpie Oracle and Lenormand Revolution!

I wanted to make you a gift of appreciation for the overwhelming support you gave my creations this year-  one, that in turn, supports your divination practice.

I’ve found that one of the best ways to become proficient in Lenormand is through the use of flashcards or keeping a visual  journal, and investing a lot of time in readings.  Included in this post is a tool that will help you learn Lenormand via printable flashcards.

Each card features a Lenormand symbol and comes with a set of keywords to get you started with card recognition. I recommend you print these out on card stock and cut them to deck size. You can also give your cards an adhesive back.  This will make it easy to add them as labels of learning to your Lenormand journal.

May this gift make learning an enjoyable experience. Please return here in 2014 for the launch of some exciting new products, casting sheets and a special announcement.

Buon Natale!

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Lenormand Flashcards 1-15

Lenormand Flashcards 16-30

Lenormand Flashcards 31-36

 

 

 

 

Are you familiar with the song the Twelve Days of Christmas? After hearing it on the radio I started wondering what the meaning was behind the lyrics. As it turns out there are several theories with most pointing to an underground Catholic catechism song for Catholics to learn the tenets of their faith. I can see that, but the romantic in me prefers the research coming out of the University of Massachusetts where professor Edward Phinney insists on it being a wedding song.

“If you think of all the things being presented, you realize they’re all gifts from a lover to a woman. Some of them are rather impossible to give, like eight maids a milking and nine ladies dancing. All those ladies and dancing and pipers and drums imply this is a wedding.”

Phinney also explains that a number of the birds in the song represent fertility symbols while the other gifts can be seen as offerings to a woman by her true love.

This being the season of giving I thought the Twelve Days of Christmas would make for a fun casting sheet—one that sparks the heart of the true love while uncovering twelve hidden messages embedded in a holiday song.

Here’s how it works:

There are twelve positions that follow the lyrics in the Twelve Days of Christmas and assigned to each position is a question that connects us with our heart while exploring the symbolic meaning in each verse. I recommend that you ask one question at a time and then randomly select and assign three Magpie Oracle charms for each position. Lenormand cards and tarot work too. You can also cast your charms over the sheet and note wherever they land as being your message starting with…

 

Magpie Oracle 12 days casting sheet

 

A Partridge in a Pear Tree:  Partridges are known for being protective and territorial. The male is very fertile, as their large number of offspring would indicate. This line in the song points to the promise of safekeeping in the fruitful and fertile home (pear tree).

  • How can you best protect what you love?

 

Two Turtle Doves:  Doves mate for life and have long been symbols of love, peace and devotion.

  • What is the peace you are devoting your heart to?

 

Three French Hens:  Home is implied here with the new bride (or hen) being brought into the flock.

  • Home is where the heart is. How are you filling your home with love?

 

Four Calling Birds:  Originally colling birds, with colling meaning black and standing for black birds, this points to the very intelligent and talkative Colly bird that is always communicating.

  • How can you best communicate your love?

 

Five Golden Rings:  Rings represent a promise or agreement.

  • What is your heart agreeing to?

 

Six Geese a Laying:  Geese are attentive to the flock and have been known to remain with an injured goose until it is well rather than leave it behind to migrate.

  • What is your heart standing watch over and giving attention to?

 

Seven Swans a Swimming:  The swan is a symbol of grace, beauty and elegance and known for long lasting bonds and memory.

  • What do your most beautiful memories say about you?

 

Eight Maids a Milking:  “In the 18th century, when a maiden was asked to “go a-milking” it had one of two meanings.  Either it was a proposal of marriage; or, it was a rather risqué invitation for intimacy.”

  • How can you best prepare your heart for love?

 

Nine Ladies Dancing:  The Catholic belief points to this verse as being the fruits of the Spirit while others feel it symbolizes both fertility dance and the nine months of pregnancy that follow said fertility dance.

  • What is your heart gestating?

 

Ten Lords a Leaping:  Another dance that hints at fertility, the leaping lords—also known as rulers of the dance, danced for the purpose of a successful crop as well as war. “The Roman god of vegetation and war was Mars.  The Roman priests of their Salii ritual would leap as high as they could in the air in hopes of inducing the corn to grow. It was believed that the height of their leap would be the height of the corn.”

  • How is your heart ruling your steps?

 

Eleven Pipers Piping:  The bagpipe carries the voice of clans. Be it a battle cry, song of mourning, or celebration, the bagpipe communicates the voice of kinfolk.

  • What generational signal of love is your heart broadcasting?

 

Twelve Drummers Drumming:  In the streets of old England, town watchmen known as waits, played drums that announced the coming of news, events and the time.

  • What love message are you communicating to your community?

 

Magpie Oracle keywords can be found here.

Can you name Santa’s nine reindeer? Not to worry, following is a casting sheet that gives you an opportunity to meet Santa’s magical nine while discovering the hidden meaning behind each name.

Apparently Santa’s nine reindeer actually began with eight and were first named in the 1823 poem, A Visit from St. Nicholas, also known as, The Night Before Christmas.  It wasn’t until 1939 that a ninth reindeer was added—Rudolph the Red Nosed, through a Montgomery Ward Christmas campaign headed by Robert Lewis May, the creator of Rudolph’s story.

Raindeer Game Casting Sheet

This casting sheet makes use of the hidden meaning and talent that resides in each reindeer name, starting with:

  • DASHER: Before Rudolph, Dasher was the lead reindeer situated on the right of Santa’s sleigh. He represents dashing speed.
  • DANCER: Positioned to the left of Dasher, Dancer reminds us to move with grace while in the Dance of Life.
  • PRANCER: This reindeer symbolizes spirited movement and along with Dancer, helps keep the rest of the reindeer in step.
  • VIXEN: A name also associated with a female fox, Vixen is known as the beauty of the lot and points to what we are attracting.
  • COMET: Is best known for his ability to navigate the stars and points to what’s orbiting our inner and outer world.
  • CUPID: Spreads love with a singular aim and invites us to do the same.
  • DONNER and BLITZEN: “Dunder and blixem!” — literally, “Thunder and lightning!” — was a popular expletive among the Dutch-American inhabitants of late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century New York.”  And like thunder and lightening these positions remind us to be vocal (thunder) and shine our light (lightening) on the world.
  • RUDOLPH: Is best known as the outcast reindeer that eventually saves Christmas by leading Santa’s sleigh with his very shiny nose. How are you leading the way?

 

Now that you’ve met the team, it’s time to divine.

Print the above casting sheet and cast your entire lot of  Magpie Oracle charms over the sheet or randomly select charms and assign them to each of the nine positions. Follow your instinct when choosing charms as your way is going to be the best way.

You may notice more than one charm (or none) land on or near a reindeer. One charm can give singular meaning, and sometimes that’s all we need, while more than one can be combined for a singular message. When none hit the mark I see it as a sign to move on and place my focus elsewhere. Try not to over-edit your divination. Instead, keep it simple and go with your initial hunch.

Click here for Magpie Oracle keywords and here to learn how you can combine symbols for a singular message.

This casting sheet can also be used with tarot or Lenormand cards and makes for a fun holiday game. As always, enjoy and very happy holidays!

December can be a busy time of the year and for me it’s the best time to close old business, go within and start laying ground for the New Year– not just January, but the entire year.

This month I’ll be posting a number of casting sheets that invite introspection and preparation for 2014.  Each sheet is designed to help bring you closer to what you wish to garner in 2014. You can get a jump start on your New Year by returning here each week to download new sheets.  For now I invite you to cast your shiny charms over the provided December casting sheet.  Here’s how it works:

Print your casting calendar, cast your charms over the sheet and note where your they land.  You might have more than one charm land on a date which points to extra activity and suggests that it may be a good time to pay close attention to that particular day.  There are also times when a charm will completely miss a day altogether.  I see this as a sign that little will be happening on that day.  It may also suggest that I partner with the mystery in designing my destiny.  Use your intuition and take the time to check back with your casting sheet to see how your predictions have played out.

Keep in mind December’s powerful dates: the new and full moons as well as the Winter Solstice which are listed on the calendar.

Holiday blessings to you and your bright future! I look forward to divining with you next week.

Click image to expand. Keywords for your charms can be found here.

Magpie Oracle December 2013 Casting Sheet

Last week I gave you an activity sheet to get started with card combining.  This week I’ve added an additional layer to the mix by providing two activity sheets that switch the position of the featured symbols:

Sheet 1: Letter + Ring=? / Sheet 2: Ring + Letter=?

Below you will find the two featured symbols which can also be found in the Magpie Oracle and Lenormand Revolution.

One of the best ways to become a proficient reader is to get in the practice of card combining. This includes switching card positions for a different set of meanings. In doing so you change the topic at hand.

For additional keywords go here, though I encourage you to start with your own.

Print out the activity sheets and start adding your words to the pages. In no time you will be speaking Lenormand.

Lenormand activity sheet Letter & Ring

Lenormand activity sheet Ring & Letter

“Let the future follow your wishes.”
–Words spoken by fortune-tellers before giving coffee ground readings

In 2012 I attended an informative talk by author  Mary K. Greer  covering the historical origins of the  petit Lenormand  deck. The talk, held at the always fun  Bay Area Tarot Symposium  gave an overview of the petit Lenormand deck with its 36 divination cards dating back to the mid-19thcentury. What caught my attention was the discovery of where some of the deck’s symbols may have originated.

Part of Mary’s research connected and paired symbols found in Tessomancy, or fortune-telling by coffee grounds, to several of the symbols found in the petit Lenormand deck. A detailed account of Mary’s recent discoveries can be found on her  blog,  or by downloading her excellent online webinar through Global Spiritual Studies.  In addition, Mary, along with Marcus Katz and Tali Goodwin of  Tarot Professionals have published a wonderful book from Mary’s research called the  English Lenormand.

This casting sheet is inspired by Mary’s findings and offers a pictorial-graph of 36 coffee cups each brewing a Lenormand card symbol. The cups borrow their positions from a layout known to many in the Lenormand community as reading the Houses, where 36 cards are placed in numerical order and used for an additional layer of meaning in a spread called the Grand Tableau, or big picture.

Below is a non-traditional take on reading the house system. It suggests we read each house or position as individual homes— though in this case I have converted the houses into coffee cups.

When a charm lands on a cup it begins a conversation between the two symbols and distills them into a unified meaning.  If more than one charm lands on a cup it will simply encourage more dialogue, and when your charm and cup match, it amplifies the meaning of the two and invites extra focus.  For example if the Garden charm, which points to social gatherings, lands in the house of the Garden it could indicate a rather large gathering, or the possibility of more than one social engagement.

The idea is to view each position as 36 individual homes that your charms will visit. Each house will present a style and character that is somewhat unique. Take some time to observe the habitat, its inhabitants and the impression they leave on your charms.

Here’s how it works:

Take a moment to develop your question. The clearer the question, the clearer the answer.

Cast your charms over the casting sheet and watch where they land.  Each charm will land on a cup, or in some cases very near it.  Wherever a charm lands will hold specific meaning.  For example, there are several variations of reading the meaning of your charm’s location on, near or around a cup.  This casting sheet adopts an Arabic Tessomany method:

When the majority of the grounds gather at the bottom of the cup, it will indicate that certain events are based in the future. Grounds that gather in the middle of the cup or along the sides, reveal events coming up one month from the day of your reading, while grounds closer to the rim point to the present. Grounds that settle close to the handle are used to expect occurrences in your home life.

An easy way to warm up to the house system is to think of your charms as house-guests who, through conversation are influenced by the house they land on.  Let’s take the example of the visiting charm which is known as the Ring; this charm is involved with engagements, agreements, contracts, and often viewed as something round, or things that go in circles. When this charm lands in the house of the Ship, it may point to a future overseas engagement, or perhaps a trip around the world. The Ship charm is associated with travel, overseas business and transitions.

Invite each charm to stay as you would a house-guest. Encourage your guest to share their story giving a listening ear to what they have to say. In doing so you are linking the dialogue between two symbols— possibly more. In time you will notice that some guests are very welcoming company, particularly for their sage-like advice, while others may appear to be the dreaded guest that never seems to leave. Either way, look deeply into every visit for insights and clues, or how they might be relevant to your situation.

So, now why don’t you try it? Brew a pot of rich Arabic coffee and get yourself in the mood for some charm casting. Use some of the Magpie Oracle keywords to get your conversation going and let the future follow your wishes.

Magpie Oracle Tea Houses

 

 

 

 

 

Keywords for the Rider in the Magpie Oracle:

1 Rider: News, a delivery or visit.  A young, sometimes athletic man or lover.  Speed, agility and mobility.  Transportation such as vehicles, bicycles and horses. 

Are you expecting news, a package, or liaison with a young lover?  All of these and more can happen when you find the Rider charming his way into your reading.   In all cases, this charm suggests that you act quickly and without delay.

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